Sea Turtle Kids Day
Today, on World Sea Turtle Day, Lilimar, Oceana, One More Generation and regional children delivered more than 12,500 letters and drawings from kids across the country to the White House urging President Obama and Secretary Penny Pritzker to save threatened and endangered sea turtles in U.S. waters. The letters, which were highlighted at a meeting with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, represent children from all 50 states and call on President Obama to require a “simple solution” to protect sea turtles from shrimp trawls in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. By requiring the use of Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) – metal grates inserted into shrimp nets that allow sea turtles and other ocean wildlife to escape – the Obama administration has the opportunity to save thousands of sea turtles, reduce millions of pounds of wasted seafood and open new markets to U.S. shrimpers.
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